October 2014

When it comes to change, most people will choose what’s most familiar rather than embarking on a journey where the potential rewards are great but the outcome is uncertain.

You hold in your hands your very own crystal ball – because if fear keeps you from pursuing what’s unfamiliar and uncomfortable, it’s easy to predict your future. It will be exactly like your past!

If you’re comfortable where you are and don’t feel the need for challenges, why consider a different path? After all, you’re not hurting anyone, are you? The honest answer is yes. You’re hurting yourself. And you’re denying the rest of us the possibility of benefiting from your contributions. You’ve given up on life and you don’t even realize it.

Retrain your brain to let go of the past, make new discoveries, and open yourself up to fully to experience all the universe has to offer. You have extraordinary contributions to make and an incredible life to share.

~Author Unknown

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings Center for Older Adults. She offers weekly reflections in writing “Spirituality and You.”

Updated 11/4/2014: THANK YOU, Brecksville voters, for voting yes on Issue 22 to rezone property to ensure that Brecksville retirees can continue living successfully in the community they love with quality services in a beautiful living environment.

Brecksville Issue 22 amends zoning to bring quality assisted living to Brecksville.

Brecksville Issue 22 amends zoning to bring quality assisted living to Brecksville.

Frequently Asked Questions about Issue 22 and new Brecksville Construction:

What issue is on the ballot?

  • Brecksville’s Planning Commission and City Council has approved rezoning land to build assisted living. Issue 22 on the ballot requests voters to approve the rezoning from single-family residential to a planned-overlay district. That means the only use allowed on the site would be the assisted living community that is planned.

Where is the land?

  • The proposed land is adjacent to and on the south side of St. Basil Church and includes two parcels, measuring a total of nearly 5 acres, on the west side of Brecksville Road just north of Mill Road.

Why is Jennings involved in construction in Brecksville?

  • As we look at our mission and the future needs of the community, we know not everyone will live in Garfield Heights. In the past eight to 10 years we have looked at other areas of the diocese and how we can serve individuals in their communities.

Does an individual need to be Catholic?

  • No. This construction will serve people of all faiths.

What is Jennings’ experience caring for older adults?

  • Jennings Center for Older Adults is a Catholic, non-profit organization celebrating more than 70 years of services to Northeast Ohio adults and families of all faiths with residences and services. Its Garfield Heights campus offers a continuum of care for older adults, including assisted living, apartments and villa homes with supportive services, adult day services, long-term care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation as well as infant/child care and intergenerational programs. In addition, Jennings manages a 44-unit apartment building, Library Court, in Shaker Heights. The campus is a tribute to our namesake, Monsignor Gilbert P. Jennings, a visionary who believed in community and whose planned gift established this non-profit organization.

How can we get more information?

  • We invite you to join our mailing list to remain updated about any other details. Feel free to email marketing@jenningscenter.org to be added.

Pastoral Care Week celebrates the listening presence of supporting others in their spirituality

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pastoral Care Week is celebrated from October 19-25. Pastoral care is a ministry of presence for people of any faith and those of no particular faith or religion. Chaplains and other spiritual caregivers learn to be a listening presence for all persons, without an “agenda.” Chaplains support others in their spirituality: that which gives meaning [more…]

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Jennings team and other non-profits head to Nashville for LeadingAge conference

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Some of our team is in Nashville for the LeadingAge 2014 Annual Meeting and Expo. There are over 150 in-depth education sessions available, not to mention great opportunities for best practice sharing as well as checking out new technology, products and services. If you are on Twitter, you can follow highlights with more…]

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No Ebola Here, but Preparedness is Key

Thursday, October 16, 2014

(Updated 10/16/14 10:00p.m.) The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has provided information to describe Ohio’s preparedness for and facts about Ebola. One most important thing: if someone feels he/she is symptomatic he/she should CALL the doctor first and then determine if/when to see the doctor.  Calling ahead of time allows a health care provider to prepare [more…]

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Jennings Center for Older Adults’ Chef Mills Honored by LeadingAge Ohio With “Excellence in Caring” Award

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Michael Mills, Director of Culinary Services and Executive Chef, Jennings Center for Older Adults, was honored with an “Excellence in Caring” Award from LeadingAge Ohio. The award was presented during the LeadingAge Ohio Awards Luncheon as part of the 2014 Annual Conference and Trade Show. This award is presented to an outstanding member employee; nominees [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Which Wolf Wins?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a conflict that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves within us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, worry, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other one [more…]

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Spirit and Splendor 2014 a success!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thank you to everyone who “sailed the Great Lakes” with us on Friday, October 10 for our third annual Spirit and Splendor at FirstEnergy Stadiu, Home of the Cleveland Browns. We are truly humbled that you made this a SOLD OUT event and are grateful for the sponsors, donors and guests who made the event [more…]

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Spirituality and You: People in our Lives

Monday, October 6, 2014

Think about the people in your life.  If you were to rate the five people with whom you spend the most time, how many of them are positive influencers and how many of them bring you down? Make a conscious choice to start spending more time with people who make you feel better about yourself.  [more…]

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Celebrating our history: “New Hope Day”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Today marks the anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone for the second Jennings Hall building, which would replace the original one that was destroyed by fire in 1942. A newspaper article about the occasion said:
“On Sunday October 1, 1948, Bishop Begin told a throng that had gathered for the laying of the cornerstone of [more…]

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